Fw: Pollinator Wiki (Was: 20 Common Bee Species in Pennsylvania)
Posted for Dave Green....Pollinator@...
I like this idea, and it fits like a glove with a project that I will be working on this winter.
I am trying to build a pollinator wiki - a photo and info database on pollinators (bees emphasized at first) that can be edited in a collaborative fashion by approved persons (not just anyone, as Wikipedia, more like Citizendium, which prevents junk and vandalism by having some qualifications required for editors).
I already have a huge quantity of photographs, and a little video which can be used.
I have not linked the site address publicly yet, because I don't want the search engines to list it until it is further developed. One advantage we have for this project is that we are likely to have almost instant high rankings in search engines.
I am particulary hopeful that someone with more software expertise than myself will help me with one roadblock. The wikimedia software is already set up for creative commons licensing of all work. I wish to have photographers keep copyrights to their photos and video clips.
My policy on my own photos and video is to allow free use for non-profit educational use, but require some payment for commercial use.
Alas, setup of this change in the software seems to be slowing my progress.
I will privately give the address to anyone requesting access to the pilot, and if you would like to be an editor, let me know, but please do not release this address in any public link until we are ready.
--- In email@example.com, Sam Droege <sdroege@...> wrote:Http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov
> Alex Surcicã recently asked me what a list of 20 common bees might look
> like for Pennsylvania, so he could start introducing them gently to Master
> Gardener's and others who had little understanding of the habits and types
> of Native Bees in their gardens and yards. The idea is not to overwhelm
> them with information and the nuance of 400 different life histories, but
> a petit introduction, something that could be illustrated with pictures
> and for which specimens could be easily obtained for them to view. Some
> may take that to greater depth, but others would simply be informed and
> gain exposure to a world that is not part of the usual training in
> butterfly and common insect ID's.
> So that list is below for you to make suggestions about and propose
> additions and subtractions.
> In addition to this I have been thinking about how one would teach a one
> day course on native bees to the general (but interested) natural history
> buff or ... gardener.
> I am wondering if a lot could be accomplished with specimens and a cheap
> botanical magnification loop plus a picture book of bee types with
> Peterson style arrows to important features.
> I know many of you have done such workshop and have ideas about what works
> and what doesn't. So I would be interested in hearing your thoughts.
> The proposed bee list for PA is below....one could see such a think
> developing for many states (and regions of states out West) with simple
> picture guides, similar but not as extensive to what has been done already
> with Laurence Packer's book and in places within NAAPC and Xerces. As
> many of these species would repeat across states, perhaps generic jpegs
> could be developed that show the important features and people could
> download them to create their own posters or hand books.
> Xylocopa virginica
> Osmia taurus/cornifrons
> Andrena wilkella
> Megachile rotundata
> Megachile mendica
> Augochlora pura
> Augochlorella aurata
> Agapostemon virescens
> Lasioglossum imitatum
> Lasioglossum versatum
> Bombus impatiens
> Halictus ligatus
> Ceratina calcarata
> Anthidium oblongatum
> Apis mellifera
> Peponapis pruinosa
> Andrena nasonii
> Colletes inaequalis
> Hylaeus mesilliae
> Melissodes bimaculata
> Sam Droege sdroege@...
> w 301-497-5840 h 301-390-7759 fax 301-497-5624
> USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
> BARC-EAST, BLDG 308, RM 124 10300 Balt. Ave., Beltsville, MD 20705
> All day and night, save winter, every weather,
> Above the inn, the smithy, and the shop,
> The aspens at the cross-roads talk together
> Of rain, until their last leaves fall from the top.
> Out of the blacksmith's cavern comes the ringing
> Of hammer, shoe, and anvil; out of the inn
> The clink, the hum, the roar, the random singing?
> The sounds that for these fifty years have been.
> The whisper of the aspens is not drowned,
> And over lightness pane and footless road,
> Empty as sky, with every other sound
> Not ceasing, calls their ghosts from their abode,
> A silent smithy, a silent inn, nor fails
> In the bare moonlight or the thick furred gloom,
> In tempest or the night of nightingales,
> To turn the cross-roads to a ghostly room.
> And it would be the same were no house near.
> Over all sorts of weather, men, and times,
> Aspens must shake their leaves and men may hear
> But need not listen, more than to my rhymes.
> Whatever wind blows, while they and I have leaves
> WE cannot other than an aspen be
> That ceaselessly, unreasonably grieves,
> Or so men think who like a different tree.
> - Edward Thomas